US multi-family sector provides lessons for UK PRS

At first sight, build-to-rent appears unlikely to make a huge impact on the UK’s burgeoning lettings sector. The reality, however, is different.

For although build-to-rent – also known as the private rented sector – is in its infancy and currently concentrated in greater London, many industry analysts regard it as a prospective asset class with the vast potential to expand across the UK.

Knight Frank, having interviewed 16 large-scale build-to-rent investors, believes that the sector will be worth £50bn by 2020, accounting for 5% of the market by value, up from 2% today, and that the lettings market will boom in…

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